The Law Office of Newell & Havens was started in 1987 by Citrus College Professor of Psychology Jerry Newell, who began practicing law as a solo practitioner. He continued solo until 1998 when Cloyd Havens II joined him as a clerk, while awaiting his bar results. The two hit it off, and Jerry mentored Cloyd in family dynamics and the labyrinthine processes of probate and estate law in Los Angeles County. Cloyd brought an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Redlands, and his Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from Western State University College of Law, where Jerry had also earned his J.D. Cloyd had also been a businessman in Glendora for 16 years prior to returning to college, so his experience in the world of business added a new dimension to the practice.
They officially became partners in 1999. Jerry retired in 2002 and is now “of counsel” at the firm. Jerry continues to contribute much to Glendora at the Citrus College Foundation, Glenkirk Presbyterian Church, and other volunteer activities.
Cloyd discovered a love and talent for teaching while tutoring students in law school. He has been an adjunct Professor of Business Law at Azusa Pacific University for more than ten years. He recently began teaching a graduate course in Negotiation and is integrating his communication and negotiation skills into the law firm by expanding into offering a new area of practice, Mediation. He uses his ability to teach to translate the complex jargon of the legal profession into plain English for his clients so that they have a clear understanding of their situations.
Cloyd has been married for 31 years and has two sons. He teaches 5th and 6th grade children’s church and enjoys woodworking and riding his motorcycle.